My name is Kelli Nicole Saunders Machado, but you can call me Kelli. I have 14 crazy, smart, athletic, beautiful, hilarious nieces and nephews! I’m married to my favorite crazy Brazilian and we live in Houston, TX. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and the San Francisco bay area. I earned a BFA degree in photography in 2009 and have been doing photography full-time since then. You can learn a little more about me below!





Things that I have an unnatural obsession with:

  • Travel
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Making (and mostly eating) ice cream
  • Snuggling
  • Kittens, puppies, and animal rescue
  • Climbing (rocks, fences, trees…)
  • Krav Maga
  • My incredibly handsome and amazing Brazilian husband and his cool businesses. If you need a visa to another country, check it out!
  • Babies. Chubby babies. Skinny babies. Happy babies. Crying babies.
  • Being an identical twin
  • Brazil
  • Having adventures (particularly ones that are a wee bit dangerous)
  • Laughing
  • Roller Coasters
  • Portuguese
  • Good food
  • My 14 nieces and nephews
  • Watching my clients’ families and kids grow!



*Photographs with my wonderful, perfect, beautiful nieces and nephews done by Danielle Lemon Photography and John Sharpe Photography
Photograph of my handsome husband and I done by the teenage Brazilian cousin we handed my camera to
Thank you to Lalit with for his amazing work with my promo video!